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Fence fight turns into fistfight in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY

Fence fight with neighbor turns into a fistfight

A 62-year-old man was jailed Thursday morning after a fence dispute with his 83-year-old neighbor. Lawrence Turner and John Humbach, who live next to each other on Mark Twain Lane, have had an ongoing feud. Turner, according to a Sheriff's Office report, has a security camera mounted on his house facing Humbach's property. So Thursday morning, Humbach was constructing a stockade fence to block the camera. Turner came out of his house yelling, the report says, then climbed over the fence and tackled Humbach, beating him in the face. Turner, who was charged with battery on a person 65 or older, told a deputy that Humbach punched him first, according to the report. He also said the security camera at the heart of the dispute is a fake, and he only has it up to harass Humbach. Turner has been released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Woman faces DUI charges

A 28-year-old woman arrested on drunken driving charges early Thursday registered a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.3 — or about four times the level a driver is presumed impaired. For Jennifer Marie Johnston, who is 5-feet-6 and 115 pounds, that's the equivalent of 12 beers consumed over three hours. Or 10 liquor shots. Or 10 glasses of wine. She was pulled over at U.S. 19 and State Road 54 about 2 a.m. after a deputy clocked her driving 70 mph in 45 mph zone. She acknowledged having "too much" to drink, according to her arrest report. She had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and failed field sobriety tests, the report says. Johnston, of 5045 Farnsworth Lane, took two Breathalyzer tests, with results of 0.33 and 0.319. Florida law presumes a driver impaired at 0.08. She was released from jail later Thursday on her own recognizance.

PORT RICHEY

City Hall goes to four-day week

Starting next week, City Hall will be a lot quieter on Fridays. On Monday, the city will begin its four-day work week, changing its hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. City Hall will be closed on Fridays. Former City Manager Richard Reade presented the idea to City Council in August in an effort to cut fuel and energy costs, and allow residents to handle city business later in the day. But don't worry if you need to pay your water bill or seek emergency assistance on a Friday. The changes won't affect the police, fire and water departments, which will continue to operate each day of the week.

Correction

Cpl. Toni Roach is the school resource officer at Lake Myrtle Elementary in Land O'Lakes. A story Friday gave an incorrect first name.

Pasco deaths

Beratis, Michael C.

Buchholz, John W. "Bucky"

Chappell, Joyce O.

Harvey, Hallie Coryn

Keraga, Adele J.

Roman, Ruperta

Willcox, Norma E.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Fence fight turns into fistfight in Port Richey 01/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 10:12pm]
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